Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin and thus considered harmless even in higher doses. The excess is simply excreted through the kidneys. This is also the reason why we recommend taking vitamin C twice a day.
Vitamin C is required in the human body for numerous metabolic processes. For example, it promotes the formation of collagen and connective tissue, which is particularly important in wound healing and recovery after burns. This effect develops vitamin c via the activation of various enzymes. Further, vitamin c promotes the absorption of iron in the intestine and is a strong antioxidant.
It is also little known that the recommendation for an increased vitamin C intake was made for the following groups:
- Pregnant and lactating women
Patients who regularly take Aspirin/ASS (Acetylsalicylic acid) should know that this increases the excretion of vitamin C. Diabetes mellitus, stress, dieting or taking the contraceptive pill also increase the risk of vitamin C deficiency. Not to be forgotten are (night) shift workers, pain patients, the chronically ill, people in burn-out or in convalescence after operations etc.
Following beneficial effects are obtained with a minimum daily intake of 280 mg Vitamin C, claimed by the “European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)”:
Vitamin C contributes to normal:
- function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise
- collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth
- energy-yielding metabolism
- functioning of the nervous system
- psychological function
- function of the immune system
- protection of cells from oxidative stress
- reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E
- and increased iron absorption